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Spot On is a series of community conversations designed to illuminate the major themes of selected plays in Northern Stage’s main stage season. Featuring artists, academics, community leaders, and inspirational figures you will want to hear from, these conversations are curated to spark resonant dialogue among our community members. Conversations take place prior to a Sunday afternoon performance: talks begin at 3 PM and end at 4 PM and are followed by receptions in the Roesch Family Lobby with light snacks and beverages.
Spot On conversations are free and open to the public, but you must reserve your seat by contacting the Box Office at or by calling (802) 296-7000.
2019-20 Spot On Series:
A Doll’s House, Part 2 – September 29, 3:00-4:00 PM
What makes A Doll’s House, Part 2 the most-produced play in America? Fast-rising dramaturg Sarah Lunnie, who worked with playwright Lucas Hnath on the original Broadway production of A Doll’s House, Part 2, will sit down with BOLD Associate Artistic Director Jess Chayes to talk about her process of shepherding new plays and what makes a successful work of drama in today’s world. Reception to follow.
Jordan – October 20, 3:00-4:00 PM
How much do we really give away online? Cybersecurity expert V.S. Subrahmanian, who currently serves as the Director of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society at Dartmouth College, will sit down with Jordan Director Jess Chayes on Sunday, October 20 at 3:00 PM to talk about the real-world implications of Jordan‘s mysterious hacker.

V.S. Subrahmanian is the Dartmouth College Distinguished Professor in Cybersecurity, Technology, and Society and Director of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society at Dartmouth. He previously served as a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland from 1989-2017 where he created and headed both the Lab for Computational Cultural Dynamics and the Center for Digital International Government. He also served for 6+ years as Director of the University of Maryland’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. Prof. Subrahmanian is an expert on artificial intelligence and predictive modeling including methods to analyze text/geospatial/relational/social network data, learn behavioral models from the data, forecast actions, and influence behaviors with applications to cybersecurity and counter-terrorism. He has written five books, edited ten, and published over 300 refereed articles. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and received numerous other honors and awards. His work has been featured in numerous outlets such as the Baltimore Sun, the Economist, Science, Nature, the Washington Post, American Public Media. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals including Science, the Board of Directors of the Development Gateway Foundation (set up by the World Bank), SentiMetrix, Inc., and on the Research Advisory Board of Tata Consultancy Services. He previously served on DARPA’s Executive Advisory Council on Advanced Logistics and as an ad-hoc member of the US Air Force Science Advisory Board.
King Lear – January 26, 3:00-4:00 PM
Citrus – March 1, 3:00-4:00 PM